Human Subjects Research Resources

The University has established a number of useful resources to support human research. The Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which includes both the Longwood Area IRBs and the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS) in Cambridge and Allston, review studies involving human subjects research.
 

In support of their charges to protect the safety and welfare of humans, each office has systematized management of the reviews, and created guidance and information pertaining to the processes and procedures in their purview. These two offices use a shared system.

Eligibility information is outlined below based on providers with offerings that are available to the entire Harvard community or a specific unit/appointment. 

University-wide

Unit/Appointment-specific

Harvard University Area

Department-Assigned Institutional Review Board (IRB) Review Specialist Support: Harvard University Area (HUA) IRB Review Speclialists maintain a portfolio of department assignments where they serve as: 1) the point of contact for those departments and affiliated investigators, and 2) reviewer of the department's IRB applications.

IRB Lifecycle Guide: Overview of the IRB submission lifecycle that includes guidance and resources to assist the research community through the IRB review process.

Undergraduate Research Training Program (URTP): The URTP is a comprehensive platform to create better prepared undergraduate researchers. The URTP is comprised of research ethics training sessions, a student-focused curriculum, and an online decision form that will assist students in determining whether their project requires IRB review.

Drop In Hours: Occuring every other Wednesday from 9 am - 12 pm, researchers may drop by the IRB office without an appointment to talk with an IRB representative.

IRB Departmental Office Hours: IRB Office Hours provide researchers the opportunity to discuss questions about the IRB process, have introductory conversations about upcoming projects, and provide an opportunity to get to know their assigned IRB reviewer.

IRB Office Hours are currently available at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) - Psychology, Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Monthly IRB Newsletter: The monthly IRB newsletter contains regulatory news, updates to policy and procedure, as well as a “Do you speak IRB?” segment which simplifies some of the more challenging and nebulous IRB terminology.

Audience

HUA Research Community

Service Provider

HUA IRB

Service Fee

None

Service Websites

Contact Information

Harvard Longwood Campus

Submission Assistance and Education: The Harvard Longwood Campus Quality Improvement Program (HLC QIP) is responsible for ensuring, assessing, and facilitating both investigator and Institutional Review Board (IRB) compliance; providing ongoing education and training; and offering human research support services to the HLC research community.

IRB Decision Tool: The Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) IRB has developed a decision tool to assist investigators in determining if their activities are research, if their research involves human subjects, and/or if they need to submit an IRB application. This decision tool should only be used by investigators who will act on behalf of a HLC School (Harvard School of Public Health [HSPH], Harvard Medical School [HMS], or Harvard School of Dental Medicine [HSDM]) while conducting research activities. HarvardKey log in is required to use the tool.

Department-Assigned IRB Review Specialist Support: HLC IRB Review Speclialists maintain a portfolio of department assignments where they serve as: 1) the point of contact for those departments and affiliated investigators, and 2) reviewer of the department's IRB applications.

Audience

HLC Research Community

Service Provider

  • Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) Quality Improvement Program (Submission Assistance and Education)
  • HLC IRB

Service Fee

None

Service Websites

Contact Information